Mark Hartung received his BFA from Kent State University in1982. Glass was the main focus of his studies at that time. After graduating he moved to Ann Arbor Michigan where he developed a glass blowing studio and began a business with his wife/studio partner Gretchen Goss. Together they designed and manufactured hand blown art glass which included vases, bowls, perfume bottles, etc.
After seven successful years of running the business Mark had the opportunity to travel to San Diego and enroll in a Jewelry/Metals class at San Diego State University while Gretchen taught in the Enamel department. Upon returning to Ohio, Mark began to focus on an completely different body of work. He began working with metal which includes copper and steel and other materials such as wood, found objects, prisma color pencils and patinas.
Mark has been able to continue to develop his work while working full time jobs and with the help of funding he has received through the Ohio Arts Council.